The Master Gardener Program in Waupaca County started in 1994. Over 195 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 35 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2016. The UWEX Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Greg Blonde.
Garden Walk Showcases Gardening Techniques
After working with another organization for several years, MGVs took sole control of the Waupaca Area Garden Walk this year. Seven gardens—both public and private—were included on the tour. At each garden site MGVs greeted visitors and provided information about the gardens. UW Fact Sheets were handed out at each of the site with information pertaining to the gardening emphasis at the site. Local artists displayed their talents and expertise at each site. About 200 visitors viewed the gardens.
Head Start Garden Engages Children
MGVs worked with 8-20 children in a vegetable garden at the Waupaca Head Start Center. Children at the center learned about planting plants and seed, taking care of the garden and harvesting the produce, as well as about soil and weeding. Vegetables grown in the garden were used for meals at the site and the surplus vegetables were given to low income families. Through the “Got Dirt” program the center has set up their own composting area for next year.
Spring Plant Sale Oﬀers Deals and Information
The main fundraising project for the Waupaca County MG Association is the spring plant sale. Members supply plants and cuttings from their gardens and some newer varieties are purchased. Pictures of the mature plant are available along with the growing requirements for each. Educational programs have been held for the past several years on subjects ranging from new plant varies to food preservation, and cooking ideas for vegetables. MGVs also answer many gardening questions at the information table. About 200-300 people come to the plant sale.
Volunteer Service in 2015
|Youth education||351 hours|
|Adult education||255 hours|
|Support services||2125 hours|
Since 2000: 61,268 hours at a value of over $1,087,480
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $22.24 per hour, from Independent Sector. Cumulative value based on previous annual estimates.
Where you can find activities by MGVs in Waupaca Co.
- Waupaca County Fair Grounds
- Waupaca County Courthouse
- Budwit Garden
- New London Children’s Garden
- New London Day care Garden
- Waupaca Children’s Garden
- Waupaca Riverside Reflection Garden
- New London Franklin Park